07 April 2010

Healthcare reform brings out the domestic terrorists

(Updated and bumped)

The public frenzy that's been carefully cultivated over the last year by the opponents of the health care reform bill is continuing its--completely predictable--arc into increasingly frightening derangement following the bill's passage this week.

What began with angry confrontations and shouting down elected officials at public appearances has degenerated into open threats of violence against lawmakers and even their families:

Bart Stupak (D-MI) receives threatening phone calls and letters: “You’re dead; we know where you live; we’ll get you.”

Rep. Tom Perriello’s (D-VA) brother has a gas line tampered with after a blogger mistakenly posted his home address as the Congressman's, inviting other Teabaggers to "drop by" and confront him over his health care vote.

Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) received a message threatening to shoot the children of lawmakers who voted "yes" on health care reform.

Updated 3.27.10

Since there's simply no indication that these lunatics are going to abandon their embrace of threats and vandalism, I'm just adding and bumping the post as the incidents continue to pile up.

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) is forced to shut down his office after receiving a written threat and an unknown white powder.

Rep. Harry Mitchell (D-AZ) received multiple death threats and warnings to "watch his back" as anonymous callers advocated bombing his office.

Updated 4.6.10

A Washington man is arrested for threatening to kill Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) for voting for the healthcare reform bill.

Updated 4.7.10

A man in California is arrested by the FBI after making dozens of threatening calls to Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), including listing her home address and exhorting her to withdraw her support if she wanted to ever see it again.

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